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- Best 4.5m Midfielders
- Best Budget Midfielders (5.0 - 5.5m)
- Best Mid-Priced Midfielders (6.0 - 8.0m)
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- Best Budget Forwards (4.5 - 6.0m)
- Best Premium Forwards (8.0m+)
Fantasy Premier League mid-priced forwards seem to be brimming with options, just like the mid-priced midfielders. I think this position will be more important than ever as I see a lot of the budget going into our midfield.
A lot of last season's budget and mid-priced options, such as Patrick Bamford (£8.0m), Ollie Watkins (£7.5m), and Dominick Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m), have experienced healthy price hikes. It will be interesting to see how they perform and whether they make our teams this season.
The Best Mid-Priced Forwards in FPL
Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) - Aston Villa
The Villa striker had an amazing debut season in the Premier League, notching 14 goals and nine assists.
His statistics were also very impressive with 97 Shots (5th in the entire division), 45 Shots on Target (6th), 87 Shots in the Box (3rd) and 25 Big Chances (6th).
Watkins also created 45 Chances and 8 Big Chances. He provided insane value, with a starting price of £6.0m and his £1.5m increase this season is justified.
The English striker is the main man up front for Aston Villa and totally nailed. He doesn't have much competition so won't get rotated and is extremely vital to the way the Villains play.
Watkins is their main source of goals and I see him providing great value again this season, even at £7.5m.
Villa have great fixtures to start the season, with their first three arguably the best in the league. They play Watford (a), Newcastle United (H) and Brentford (H) during this period. This is followed by fixtures against Everton (H) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) during their first eight.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m) - Everton
The England international had his best season for Everton, picking up 16 goals and 6 assists in 32 starts. He registered 83 Shots, 46 Shots on Target (5th), 72 Shots in the Box (7th), and 31 Big Chances (3rd).
Calvert-Lewin has also had a price increase and FPL have slapped an £8.0m price tag which seems good value.
His numbers are up there with the premium options. They arguably would have been better had he not missed five games through injury. He is absolutely nailed in his position and is undoubtedly the best attacking option for the Toffees.
With Rafael Benítez at the helm, Calvert-Lewin should have another great season under such a fantastic manager. I could also see Benítez playing him in his favoured position where he gets the most goals and FPL points.
Looking at Everton's fixtures, I really like Dominic as an option. They play Southampton (H), Leeds United (a), Burnley (H), Norwich City (H) and West Ham United (H) during their first eight games.
He got off to an absolute flier last season, scoring 10 goals in his first nine games and he has the fixtures for another good start.
Ivan Toney (£6.5m) - Brentford
Ivan Toney had an absolutely insane season in the Championship. He scored 31 goals and 10 assists, helping his team secure play-off glory while breaking the record for the most goals scored in a single Championship season.
I can see him continuing his fine form in the Premier League. He is undoubtedly the talisman for Brentford and the number one penalty taker.
The Bees scored the most goals in the Championship last season (79). I think they have the best attacking prospects from all the promoted teams and can see them scoring the most once again.
Their star striker will be crucial to them and they will rely on him heavily. He is also the best £6.5m option in the game by some distance and this is particularly useful for FPL managers who are playing a 3-4-3.
One thing worth highlighting is that Toney is ultra nailed. He played 45 league games (with 44 starts) last season, racking up an incredible 3,850 minutes.
Taking all these factors into consideration, its no surprise that he is currently the highest owned forward in the game.
His performance last season, coupled with his price and lack of other options at £6.5m, make him a safe option to start with despite his tough opening fixtures.
I can't see Brentford winning many of these games but they can score plenty of goals regardless. If they do, it'll likely be down to the Northampton-born striker.
Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.5m) - Leicester City
The 24-year old Nigerian had an incredible second half to the season. He managed to rejuvenate his career after being a bit part player for Manchester City and Leicester over the years.
Iheanacho kick started his comeback from Gameweek 22 when he bagged his first goal of the season. He went on to score 12 goals and provide two assists, nailing down his place in the starting 11 as a result.
Since Gameweek 26, he scored the most points (92) in the league, registering 47 Shots (3rd), 22 Shots on Target (2nd), 28 Shots in the Box (5th) and 13 Big Chances (2nd).
Iheanacho also created an impressive 20 Chances and five Big Chances so has some serious assist threat to add to his arsenal. He quickly established himself as an FPL favourite and an undroppable asset for Brendan Rodgers.
I believe he will be a nailed starter for a top five team this season and at £7.5m, I think he offers great value.
The Foxes' opening fixtures are promising. They play Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), Norwich City (H), Burnley (H) and Crystal Palace (a) during their first eight games.
Michail Antonio (£7.5m) - West Ham United
The West Ham striker's career has been plagued with injuries. It's a shame because he is a fantastic player and an even better FPL option. His statistics are up there with the best players in the league and if he managed to stay fully fit, he would match them in terms of output too.
In only 24 starts last season, he scored 10 goals and made five assists. Antonio had 63 Shots, 25 Shots on Target, 51 Shots in the Box and 19 Big Chances, whilst also creating 27 Chances and three Big Chances.
Despite his limited minutes, he still finished the season as the Hammers' top goal scorer. Five of his goals were against opposition such as Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Spurs. When is he is fit, he is one of the best forwards in the Premier League.
The only downside with Antonio is that there are some really good £7.5m options this season. However, West Ham's starting fixtures are incredible with Newcastle United (a), Leicester City (H), Crystal Palace (H), Southampton (a), Leeds United (a) and Brentford (H) within the first eight matches.
Our Fixture Ticker ranks them third for best fixtures overall. If Antonio stays fit, he is the best mid-priced forward which is why I think its worth the risk to go with him while he is healthy.
If the worst comes to the worst, there are several viable alternatives in his price category we can replace the Englishman with.
The Best From the Rest FPL Mid-Priced Forwards
Danny Ings is another mid-priced forward I really like. Despite showing what he is capable of in his first injury free season, he still suffers from injury problems.
The former Liverpool striker scored 22 goals and two assists in the 2019/20 season. He even managed 12 goals and two assists in the last campaign with only 26 starts.
His opening fixtures are tough so I feel he is one we can wait on. Yet with Ings' conversion rate and his penalty duties, he could turn out to be a bargain at £8.0m.
Callum Wilson is another attractive option in the mid-price bracket. He finished as the 9th highest scoring forward in the game despite starting only 23 games - scoring 12 goals 6 assists.
Wilson missed 11 games through injury but remains the talisman for Newcastle United and their number one penalty taker.
Patrick Bamford had an extraordinary season with Leeds United, scoring an impressive 17 goals and 11 assists. He finished as the second highest scoring forward in the game after starting the season at £5.5m.
Bamford was probably the best value player in the history of FPL. However, this season sees him priced £8.0m - a massive £2.5 increase.
The price is arguably fair given how good his statistics are and how attacking Leeds play. He is also on penalties but with so many attractive options around the same price, and with teammate Raphinha coming in at £6.5m, it does lessen his appeal.
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